There is a full scale war going on at Camp Atterbury. It’s the ultimate cyber warfare.
“It simulates battlefield, a battlefield environment just about anywhere in the world,” said trainer Tony Ramirez.
The soldiers are in three rooms, a team of combat avatar troops on the ground, troops in Humvee’s and insurgents and they’re all linked and synchronized on the same battlefield.
“It gives them that feel of being there,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Jelly.
This isn’t your child’s video game. The beauty of this technology is that it can take you into the mountains of Afghanistan or the deserts of Iraq with the push of a button and you feel the intensity of being in combat with a 360 degree simulation.
“The soldiers will see the explosion,” said Ramirez. “They’ll react. We’ll have soldiers start sweating.”
The immersive environment is designed to get the soldiers into that zone where any move can be the difference between life or death.
“We’ve got a couple of soldiers who have gotten sick,” said Ramirez. “They feel every emotion, just about every emotion they would feel in a battlefield environment.”
It’s all about being combat ready.
“That way they can do the simulations, create that muscle memory within that environment that they’re going to go to,” said Lt. Col. Jelly.
And as Congress continues to cut the military budget, this will be the future of combat training.
“You’re getting the same training at a lower cost,” Ramirez said. “You’re not wearing the tires out. The engine is being saved. You don’t have the cost of the fuel, the oil, all the bullets here are virtual bullets that cost alone is saving thousands of dollars.”
Every mission can be repeated and reviewed until they get it right because over there they know they only have one shot.
“This gives us the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from our mistakes,” said Lt. Col. Jelly.